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date: 21 November 2019

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This essay traces the history of the establishment of the British theatre in colonial America. It describes the key figures involved in establishing the theatre in the colonies, including David Douglass, who was the first real theatrical entrepreneur and leader of the American Company of Comedians. It provides a distinctive and foundational examination about the beginnings of American dramatic culture and suggests that the social topography of establishing theatre in British America was also quite similar to that within the provinces outside of London.

Keywords: British theatre, colonial America, David Douglass, American Company of Comedians, dramatic culture, London

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